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Summer Savvy

We are officially in the thick of the housing season, with summer being housing’s peak season. In the summer months, the real estate world sees a 29% national increase in the volume of home sales. Typically, buyers begin looking for homes around March and April, then really get down to business after Memorial Day. So, if you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the summer, you are not alone. In fact, research shows that people are more inclined to buy and sell a home in the summer, than any other season. The following information will provide some useful tips when buying or selling a home in the summer.

Bring the inside – out
Living space is not only defined by the interior walls of your home. In fact, living space extends from property line to property line. Take advantage of all living space by creating a cozy seating area, or an additional dining area, complete with attractive place settings. You can stage a barbeque area, towels by a pool area, or a backyard game, as if it were still in progress. These little nuances will help people imagine living there.

Cool as a Cucumber
If you have an air conditioner, you may want to set the thermostat a few degrees cooler, to compensate for all the opening doors during a showing. Keeping your house like a cool oasis will leave a refreshing feeling to prospective buyers.

Keep it Green
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, be sure to keep the lawn and foliage watered and trimmed. Don’t miss the opportunity to create an inviting front yard, by adding a welcome mat, door hanging, or planter boxes. In addition, you can buy some inexpensive flowers to add to your space. Many flowers can be found in starter pots making transplanting easier. Ask about flowers that are user friendly for beginners.

Sweet Treats
Shopping for a home all day can leave buyers famished. Having a nice refreshment on hand for prospective buyers will not only keep them in your home longer, but will leave them with an emotional impression, and make them want to make it their home.

Fresh and Clear
Be sure to light a candle, or for a cheaper alternative, place dryer sheets conspicuously over air vents. Also, de-cluttering and freeing the house of most personal effects, will help prospective buyers envision your house as their home.

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